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If you could sum up The White House Boys in three words, what would they be?
Painful. Hard. Sad.
What did you like best about this story?
I am a child advocate and began my (volunteer) work with children of abuse/neglect in the early 1970s (and still do); a number of my cases involved children that were beaten to death and dealing with siblings that survived. The heartache and struggles that are carried from one generation to the next. Often detachment is the only way to survive.
This story is very real and I can see how such facilities could have been in many other states (and countries).
It is a wonder that Roger Dean Kiser was even able to relive and go through such brutality and was able to tell about it. It had to be tough just to reduce all of this pain to a book.
I am proud of him.
What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I couldn't take all the reality in one sitting. I had to space it out because of the vivid brutality. Even with my personal experience with children (now adults), it was hard. But, a story that needed to be told. There are more stories out there. But, this kind of story takes a lot of courage.
Any additional comments?
Thank you Roger Dean Kiser. You are a testiment to the survival and you may help other children.
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Astonished that so many boys endured this horrific brutality. Roger is very brave for sharing with us his life and I am deeply affected by this tragedy. I wish I could have saved them. These boys deserve more than an apology, they deserve justice.